Black+Blum Thermo Pot Review and “Donburi” Bento Recipe

I was recently sent a Black+Blum Thermopot to review by Find Me A Gift.

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This is a great item perfect for soup, stews or Donburi style lunches.

Cost: 3/5

At around £30 this lunch pot can be seen as quite expensive and if you want a truly versatile lunch box this, sadly may not be it. If however you eat a lot of soups, stews etc and want a lunch pot that will keep your food warm for upto 6 hours this is the lunch box for you!
While it is somewhat pricier than some lunch boxes this lunch pot makes up for it on style, nifty features and the ability to keep food warm. Something a sandwich box wouldn’t be able to do!

Size: 5/5
Although a somewhat smaller than some bento boxes at around 500ml, when you consider it will mainly contain soup etc that is more than enough!

Ease Of Use: 5/5

Due to the style of the Thermopot you don’t really need to do any forward planning regarding how you will arrange the food. If you want a pretty, decorated lunch box I’d look elsewhere. If you want warm, homemade stew this is perfect.

Style: 5/5
If there is one thing every Black+Blum item has more than enough of it is style. The sleek metal body combined with the charming cork lid makes this a quirky yet stylish item.
Add to it the beautifully shaped spoon ( never thought you’d hear a spoon called beautiful huh?) that attaches with magnets and you have a lunch pot that is sure to turn heads!

Pros:
• Stylish and sleek.
• Keeps food warm for upto 6 hours.
• Hard wearing and leakproof.

Cons:
• The price may be inhibitive to some people but you definitely get what you pay for!

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As always I made a lunch in the Thermopot to test for ease of use.

I decided on a Donburi style lunch containing plain rice, vegetables, bacon, fried egg and a delicious sauce.

It is neigh impossible to take one photo to show of the lunch due to the deep nature of the lunchpot, so I will add them to the steps of the recipe.

What you will need:
• 240ml cooked rice.
• 120ml bacon.
• 160ml chopped vegetables.
• 1 small egg.
• Brown sauce.
• Oxo cube / Gravy granules.
• Water.

Steps
1. Prepare and cook rice.
2. While rice is cooking give the bacon a quick fry until cooked through but before crispy.
3. If using fresh vegetables cut into very small pieces. If using frozen chopped vegetables measure out and set aside.
4. Measure 100ml of boiled water, add an oxo cube or a tea spoon of gravy granules and 2 teaspoons of brown sauce. ( This sauce is extremely rich so you may want to add a smaller quantity of brown sauce and gravy granules/ oxo.)
5. Cut bacon into smaller pieces, add to a sauce pan, turn on high heat storing for a few seconds before adding vegetables. Stir for a minute or two before adding the sauce. Put on the pan lid, lower heat to low and leave to simmer until the sauce has reduced but not completely evaporated.
6. While the sauce is reducing fry an egg. While the egg is frying use a spatula to press the edges inward to make the egg small enough to fit into the container.

To assemble

1. Divide rice into three equal portions, place one portion into the container.
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2. Divide the bacon mix into three portions. Layer one portion on top of the rice.
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3. Continue layering so you have rice, bacon mix, rice etc. Once you have used up the rice and bacon mix place the egg on top.
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4. If there is any sauce left in the pan drizzle on top of the egg.
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I’d like to say sorry for the extremely poor images. Due to the shape of the lunchpot and the weird light ( and need for the flash in one photo) it was very difficult to get a nice image.

Disclaimer
I received the product to review but no cash was exchanged, my review is my honest opinion and has not been swayed by the company or anyone else.

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Eddington’s Egg Cuber Review

My newest item to review is the amazing Egg Cuber by Eddington.

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This amazing little device makes your eggs square! Which is great for so many reasons:
•Bento
•Sandwiches
•Add interest to salads
•Stop eggs rolling off the plate
•If you have chickens you can have some fun convincing your family your chickens lay square eggs

Cost: 5/5
At £5.50 can you really afford not to have one of these?

Ease Of Use: /5
An extremely simple gadget to work, you simply boil an egg til hard boiled pop into the body of the cuber and then put in the plunger and twist on the lid. Chill the gadget in the fridge for 10 minutes so the egg holds its shape better.
I imagine this gadget can be used for rice and other easily manipulated foods, imagine little squares of ice cream!

Pros:
• Cheap and useful
• Fun for adults and children alike
• Easy to use

Cons:
• Can you say anything bad about something that squares eggs?!

And here is what happened to an egg I put in the gadget:

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This item can be bought here!

Disclaimer
I received the product to review but no cash was exchanged, my review is my honest opinion and has not been swayed by the company or anyone else.

CuteZCute eggless cookies!

Today I really wanted to bake but we had no eggs and I didn’t want to go out in the snow, or I should say I didn’t want to go out because the streets are like an ice rink!

So I searched for a recipe on cookies that doesn’t include eggs and I found one here.

I have collected a lot of cookie cutters due to my bento hobby ( I believe hobby is pronounced something like ob-sess-ion ) but it came down to using my CuteZCute because, quite frankly, it’s my favourite 🙂

Here is the finished results:

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Sadly one of the frogs didn’t survive the cooking process and his features disappeared, my fault not the CuteZCute 🙂

Rilakkuma egg mould

I placed an order about a week or so back for an amazingly cute Rilakkuma egg mould and it arrived today 🙂

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This mould was met with the quote
” Haven’t you already got a bear?” from my partner, and true I do have a bear but Rilakkuma isn’t an ordinary bear! He’s an awesome bear!

This mould was about £1.50 with free delivery on eBay, everywhere else I’ve seen character egg moulds they are like £5 with £3 shipping! So quite a bargain!

New Tamagoyaki Triple Pan!

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I made an order on Casabento for a Tamagoyaki Triple Pan.

It came today and it looks soo good! I know it will make making tamagoyaki a lot easier and if I fancy a fry up I can do it all in one pan!!

Expect a lot more tamagoyaki in my bento from today!

I will be posting a review about this piece of kit as soon as I’ve used it 🙂

A Game Of Thrones Bento

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So after months of wanting to do A Game Of Thrones bento I finally did it!!!

I love the series soo much and now I have a kindle I’m going to get the books to read! ( I already have the books but I can never get comfy to read them, kindles truly are easier to read!)

So this bento features the Direwolf of the house Stark, the Kraken of the house Greyjoy and a dragon egg.

Hope you like it!